View Full Version : Burnt Chestnut handle from JKI + Masamoto KS -brief review and pics

02-11-2013, 12:56 PM
I had been meaning to get an octagon handle put on my beloved Masamoto KS gyuto for quite a while. I wanted something with a nice dark wood (read: not Ho) but didn't want to shell out $100+. When I saw the burnt chestnut handles on JKI for well under $100, I couldn't resist. I got the knife back a couple days ago and I am very happy with the results. The handle is very well made and comfortable. Jon selected a perfect size for my 240 gyuto and the installation seems to be very solid. The BC is different than other woods in that it is naturally textured (see pic of the butt of the handle) and the finish on it highlights that feature. I really like the feel/grip this provides. Needless to say I'm very much looking forward to work today. :knife:


02-11-2013, 01:01 PM
Looks great. I'm ordering a few when I get my tax rerun. What size did he choose for your 240?

02-11-2013, 01:08 PM
Looks great. I'm ordering a few when I get my tax rerun. What size did he choose for your 240?
I don't have a ruler handy, but based on a comparison to a 150 petty I'd say it's 145mm. The balance point is the same as it was with the original handle.

02-11-2013, 01:15 PM
i likey likey likey =D

02-11-2013, 01:29 PM
Looks nice! I don't see handles on the JKI website--can someone post the link?

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02-14-2013, 11:16 PM
looks awesome, i've heard great things about the burnt chestnut

02-14-2013, 11:17 PM
i wish i had the resources for a wa conversion on my misono dragon. idk why, it's ridiculous, but seems like a fun idea

02-15-2013, 04:54 PM
Very nice. If they came this way from the factory I would have bought one of these a long time ago.

02-15-2013, 05:16 PM
I just broke in my Yoshikane yesterday, and I agree that the chestnut handles have a great feel to them, kinda warm and fuzzy. But in a really manly way.

02-15-2013, 11:45 PM
it's the grain from what i heard. very warm they said.

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02-16-2013, 02:54 AM
not a fan of stock ks handles. it looks like a much improved knife thats probably going to be much more fun to use now.

02-16-2013, 03:43 AM
i love the blonde ferrule though. on a darker handle like burnt chestnut, that would something i'd like. =D